Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not Your Typical Church Lady’s Bean Dip

Once in a while I have to stray away from outdoor topics when I have something significant to share.  This is one of those times.

I love any food Mexican, including bean dip. A few weeks ago I searched and scoured the web for a perfect seven layer bean dip, and hardly found one, much less a good one. So when the opportunity came up to provide a side dish at work, I decided to take it on as a challenge to create my own, with all the ingredients I like, but with a kick - like I like it. Here it is...

I call it Papa Gus' Not For The Faint of Heart, Seven Layer Frijoles Bonanza aka Not Your Typical Church Lady’s Bean Dip.  This recipe title is so long, it even has a comma!

1 16 ounce can traditional Refried Beans
1 packet Taco Seasoning
1 16 ounce tub Sour Cream
1 8 ounce can drained Original Rotel
1 8 ounce bunch fresh Cilantro
1 8 ounce pack of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 medium Jalapeno

Here's how it goes...In a large bowl thoroughly blend the beans, taco seasoning and one-half to three-quarters of a cup of sour cream until its creamy and smooth like soft butter. Scrape the sides so as to get everything in and mixed well. Spread the bean mix in the pan, evenly layer on the drained Rotel, layer the remaining sour cream. Cover with most or all of the grated cheese depending on taste and looks, garnish with a light topping of chopped cilantro, then add sliced jalapeno disks cut slightly more than paper thin, seeds and all. You could garnish with firm chopped Roma tomatoes, but then that would be eight layers now, wouldn't it??  Feel free to raise or lower the heat by using hot or mild Rotel.  Cover with a lid, foil or plastic wrap, chill for a couple hours and serve with corn chips.

Mixing bowl and hand mixer or a Kitchen-Aid type mixer
9x13 inch pan
Spatula and large spoons
Pan covering
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Ideal time until serving: overnight or 2 hours to marry flavors.
Servings: Enough for a medium size group get-together or a family of four for 2 to 3 days.

Estimated Nutrition summary: Serving Size 1/2 Cup, Calories 95, Fat 7 g, Carbs 23g, Protein 8g.

Preliminary Evaluation - At the end of the lunch break the platter was clean, and that's a good sign.  Personally I prefer to take the heat up a notch, but not for the general population of folk in my area.

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